Regulation & Policy In Brief

Regulation & Policy

- A Ugandan court in Arua has issued an order barring transactions on two bank accounts owned by the defunct Gateway Broadcast Services (GTV). The order, signed last week by the Chief Magistrate, Michael Otto, follows a suit filed by a local businessman against the company. The businessman is seeking over sh50m in compensation. Michael Moni of Science and Technology masters, who was a GTV dealer in West Nile, said he lost a lot of money when the company abruptly ceased operations last month.

- French pay-TV broadcaster Canal Plus, along with another Vivendi-controlled unit, French mobile operator SFR, have filed a complaint to the French competition authorities accusing France Telecom (Orange) of flaunting the rules concerning its broadband pay-TV service. Canal Plus CEO Bertrand Meheut reportedly told the French daily La Tribune that Orange is unfairly offering a ‘tied sales’ contract offering sport and cinema channels on its broadband TV service, and also selling access to premier French football matches ‘at a loss’. Meheut has apparently stressed that while the joint complaint does not aim to bar Orange from selling the channels in question, ‘Everybody has something to gain from a clarification of the rules of the game … It is the future of the fragile audiovisual market that is at stake’.